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Cal basketball recruiting: Troy Brown decision coming November 9th

Can Cal land another five-star?

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Cal football recruiting has been relatively quiet lately, so let’s pivot to Cal basketball recruiting. The California Golden Bears have some big-time prospects on this front.

Currently, Cal has three commits for this class (Alec Hickman decommitted a few months ago)

  • Four star wing Jemarl Baker
  • Three star wing Juhwan Harris-Dyson
  • Three star wing Trevin Knell (who will probably reclassify due to a likely LDS mission)

You can see a trend here. Cal is stocking up on shooting and versatility at shooting guard/small forward as they prep for the graduation of Jabari Bird, Roger Moute a Bidias, and Stephen Domingo.

With Sam Singer graduating and Ivan Rabb likely joining him, Cal still has spots to fill though, and could particularly use another guard and a big man.

The marquee target at guard is consensus five-star prospect Troy Brown. Brown has the size of a forward along with the passing instincts of a point guard, making him the ideal Cuonzo Martin prospect. Sky’s the limit for Cal in 2017 if they can get someone like Brown to come in and start right away.

A decision date is coming. Expect it to be November 9th on hoops national signing day.

There haven’t been many changes for Brown since we last checked in on him in August. Brown listed a final eight of Alabama, Arizona, Cal, Georgetown, Kansas, Oregon, Ohio State and UNLV.

Here’s what Brown had to say on each school, from ZagsBlog.

Oregon: "I like their coaching staff. They're a great school. They play up-tempo basketball."

Arizona: "They have a great coaching staff, is really close to home and since one of my friends, Ray Smith goes there, I visited there."

Alabama: "They are a great school with Coach Avery Johnson. You can't go wrong there. I know a couple players that are considering them that I would like to play with."

Georgetown: "Their coaching staff is amazing with Coach [John] Thompson [III].Their history is amazing. You can't go wrong with them."

Ohio State: "They like tall point guards. They produce really good point guards out of being tall and lanky."

Cal: "I like the location of the school, the style, the environment, and everything around them. They've been on me since I was a freshman or sophomore, so they were there really early."

Kansas: "I like coach [Bill] Self and his determination to coach and make players better. Also, my sister goes there."

UNLV: "That's hometown, of course. UNLV is always gonna be in there of course."